Katie Taylor beats Natasha Jonas in thrilling rematch to London 2012 classic

London 2012 gold medallist from Ireland maintains perfect pro record with 18th straight win to retain world titles and remain undisputed women's lightweight boxing champion

By Ken Browne

Katie Taylor beat Natasha Jonas on Saturday (1st May) in a thrilling boxing world title fight.

Ireland's Taylor needed a strong performance in the closing rounds at the Manchester Arena to beat the Briton, in a rematch of their London 2012 Olympic bout, also won by the Irish fighter.

The win went to the defending champion by a unanimous points decision, with scores of 96-94, 96-95, 96-95.

Taylor retains her WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF, and The Ring titles, extending her unbeaten record to 18 professional fights since claiming the London 2012 women's lightweight gold medal.

Taylor beats Jonas again - a repeat of the London 2012 Olympics

There was little to separate the pair at London 2012, and it was a similar story in the professional rematch in Manchester.

Over 10 rounds of 2 minutes, the pair each had to fight back from being behind on the judges scoresheets.

But it was 34-year-old Taylor who again prevailed to keep hold of her championship belts, and extend the boxing legacy of this Olympic gold medallist and five-time amateur world champion.